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What do Irish whiskey and modern communications have in common? And how can an apple, an onion and a potato all have the same taste? Hear the answers on The Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: Jameson, Irish Whiskey, Fruit, TheOffRamp.show
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What famous American used Morse Code when he proposed - in person - to his wife? And how does the Queen of England send coded messages to her staff? Hear answers to those and other questions on The Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: Morse Code, Queen of England, TheOffRamp.show
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What part of the human body changes most after a year in space? And what impact did Marilyn Monroe have on the career of Ella Fitzgerald? Hear the answers on The Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: Space, Astronauts, Heart, Marilyn Monroe, Ella Fitzgerld
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Who was the first President to wear pants? And what do Halley’s Comet and the Life Insurance Industry have in common? Hear the answers on The Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: Presidents, Halley's Comet, The Off Ramp, Trivia
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Why can you thank Shakespeare for your bedroom? And what dog breed has the highest IQ? Hear the answers on the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: Shakespeare, Dogs, Trivia, The Off Ramp
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Why do the hands of a clock move to the right? And what future U.S. President campaigned for his first election by giving voters rum, wine, beer and cider? Hear the answers on the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith. ( Photo: Garonzi Stefania, WikiCommons) 
Topics: Sundial, Clock, Washington, Election, The Off Ramp
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What U.S. President coined the world's most famous coffee slogan? And what's considered the world's most livable city? Hear the answers on The Off Ramp with Bob and Marcia Smith.
Topics: Teddy Roosevelt, Coffee, Trivia, The Off Ramp, Livable Cities
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What computer keyboard symbol was first discovered in the ruins of Pompei - and was once the 27th letter of the alphabet? And what does "Semper Fi" mean? Hear the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith
Topics: Semper Fi, Ampersand, Keyboard, Trivia, The Off Ramp
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What great convenience of modern life was only introduced because of a labor dispute? What's an oenophile - and is there medication for it? Hear the answere on The Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia smith.
Topics: AT&T, Dial phones, Wine, The Off Ramp, Trivia
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What is the average life span of an NHL hockey puck? And which planet has the most gravity in our solar system. Hear the answers on The Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: NHL, Hockey Puck, Hockey, Solar System, Trivia, The Off Ramp
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How did the field of Medicine give us soft drinks? And what was the best-selling Rock ‘n’ Roll single of all time? Hear the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: Soda Pop, Soda, Surgery, Medicine, Rock'n'Roll
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What American TV show broadcast the first interracial kiss? And what U.S. President secretly purchased people while serving in the White House? Hear the answers on the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: #Startrek, #James K Polk, #History
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What did Laughing Gas have to do with "Winning the West?" What barnyard animal can learn its name and and do tricks faster than your pet dog? Hear the answers on the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: #Nitrous Oxide, #Colt, #Pig
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Who was the first person of color to serve as a U.S. Vice President? And how long does it take a snowflake to fall to earth from its cloud? Hear the answers on the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: Vice President, Snowflakes, History Podcast, The Off Ramp
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What music, which debuted at a 1742 charity event, remains wildly popular to this day? And what holiday was once synonymous with riots, burglaries and street gangs? Hear the answers on the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: Handel's Messiah, Christmas, History Trivia
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In what modern day country was St. Nicholas born? And what charming Christmas tradition was actually introduced to improve efficiency? Hear the answers on The Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: St. Nicholas, Santa, Christmas Cards
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With the exception of Elvis Presley, he sold more records than any other artist in history. Hear Bob Smith’s 1982 interview with country singer Charlie Pride, plus another hall of fame artist, Little Jimmy Dickens. On the Off Ramp.
Topics: Charlie Pride, Little Jimmy Dickens, Country Music
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What modern Christmas tradition can be traced to the workshop of a famous inventor? And what popular Christmas song was actually written as a Thanksgiving tune?  Hear the answers on the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith .
Topics: Thomas Edison, Christmas Tree Lights, Thanksgiving, Jingle Bells
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Cinderella's slippers weren't originally glass. What were they made of? And what are the top 3 best-selling toys of all time? Hear the answers on the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: Cinderella, glass slippers, toys, trivia history
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What major university can trace its origins to the Telegraph? And why is a self-employed professional called a freelancer? Hear the answers on the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: Telegraph, free lancer, trivia, history
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What does a barn in the English countryside have to do with the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving? Did anyone die in the Mayflower’s 1620 voyage? Hear the answers on The Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: Thanksgiving, Pilgrims, Mayflower, Presidents, Trivia
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When was the first published reference to a video call? You’ll be surprised! And who has won more Academy Awards than anyone else? Hear the answers on The Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: Video Call, Academy Awards, Trivia
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What do Cleopatra and the iPhone have in common? Who are the 3 most followed people on Twitter. And with the election over, where can you find the largest supply of alcohol in the universe? Hear the answers on the Off Ramp.
Topics: Cleopatra, Egypt, Twitter, iPhone, Alcohol
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What President never voted in an election until HE ran for President? How do astronauts vote from space? And when will be the longest day on earth? Hear the answers on The Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith. (Photo: JibJab) https://www.theofframp.show/
Topics: Presidents, Astronauts, Electoral College
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Wild Whimsy Trivia – Why do we carve pumpkins for Halloween? And what very unusual thing did the Apollo 11 Astronauts do upon returning from the Moon? Hear answers to these and other questions on The Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: Pumpkins, Apollo 11, Moon, Haloween, Apollo 11, Customs, Haloween, Trivia, Bob & Marcia Smith
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Who was the most surprising person of note to recently renounce U.S. Citizenship? And 93.8% of this country’s population lives near one city -- name the city and country. Hear the answers on the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith. (Photo: JibJab)
Topics: Iceland, Citizenship, History, U.K., Boris Johnson
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What great exploration mission to the New World focused on sex? And what great gift did famous French chef Alexis Soyer give to humanity? Hear the Care Free trivia answers. On the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith. (Photo: JibJab)
Topics: New World, Ponce de Leon, Fountain of Youth, Alexis Soyer, Soup Kitchens, History, Trivia
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What famous women’s skin moisturizer was invented by a lumberjack? What’s your best course of action if chased by a crocodile? And how are people dreaming during COVID? Hear the answers on Zig-Zag trivia. On the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith. (Photo: JibJab)
Topics: Lotion, Jergens, COVID, Crocodile, History, Trivia
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Numerous U.S. Presidents have served in the military, some as high as 4-Star Generals. Which U.S. President’s highest military rank was as a Private? Who spent 40 years as the only prisoner in a 600-cell jail? Hear answers to those and other questions on Roll of the Dice Trivia. On the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith.
Topics: Presidents, Lincoln, WWII, Rudolph Hess
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How did a printer’s problem in the summer of 1902 lead to today’s air conditioning? And what and where is the most expensive hotel in the world? Hear answers to those and other questions on Winding Road Trivia. On the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith. (Photo: Jib Jab)
Topics: Printing, Air Conditioning, Hotels, History, Trivia
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What major American city’s name may have originally meant “Skunk” to Native Americans? What’s the greatest number of balls ever juggled by one person? Hear answers to those and other questions on Surprising Facts Trivia. On the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith. (Photo: Jib Jab)
Topics: Chicago, Skunks, History, Juggling, Trivia
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Queen Victoria is remembered for her very strict moral code. But what popular gambling game owes its first written rules to her? And what U.S. President said, “I would have made a good Pope”? Hear answers to those and other questions on the Off Ramp with Bob & Marcia Smith
Topics: Queen Victoria, RIchard Nixon, Presidents, Trivia, History
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Who employs more people than anyone else in the United States? And next to the automobile, what is the most widely used vehicle on four wheels.? Answers to those and other questions in this episode of The Off Ramp with Bob and Marcia Smith. (Photo: Jib Jab)
Topics: Wal Mart, Employers, Vehicles, Trivia, History
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American history question: Who told Harry S Truman, “You’re the President Now!” And in an average game of NFL football, how long is the ball actually in play? Answers to those and other questions in this episode of The Off Ramp with Bob and Marcia Smith. (Photo: Jib Jab)
Topics: Presidents, Harry S. Truman, NFL, Football, Trivia, History
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What bird lays an egg that can support the weight of a 240 pound person? And what dark secret did American patriot Patrick Henry hide beneath the floor of his house? Hear answers to those and other questions in this episode of The Off Ramp with Bob and Marcia Smith.
Topics: birds, Patrick Henry, Trivia
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What do automobile tires and Crayola Crayons have in common? And what famous book has one sentence 3,687 words long? Hear answers to those and other questions on the Off Ramp with Bob and Marcia Smith. And have fun. (Photo: Jib Jab)
Topics: Crayola, Auto Tires, Trivia Podcast
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Why do decaf coffee pots have orange tops? And how many Kevin Costner baseball movies can you name? There are five. Hear answers to those and other questions on the Off Ramp with Bob and Marcia Smith. And have FUN!!! (Photo: Jib Jab)
Topics: Decafe coffee, Kevin Costner, Baseball, Trivia Podcast
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If you want to commit the perfect murder, why is Yellowstone National Park the place to do it? And what are the seven natural wonders of the world? Hear answers to those and other questions on the Off Ramp with Bob and Marcia Smith (Photo: JibJab)
Topics: Trivia, Yellowstone, Seven Wonders of the World
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What everyday food Items were once so exotic, that during the Roman Empire, only the very rich could afford them? And name the only males in the animal kingdom who get pregnancy and give birth. Hear the answers on the Off Ramp with Bob and Marcia Smith (Photo: JibJab)
Topics: Trivia, Roman Empire, Pickles, Pregnancy
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How did an ad in the Wall Street Journal lead to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls? And what does a fatal disease and a popular summer drink have in common? Hear answers to these and other questions on the Off Ramp with Bob and Marcia Smith. (Photo: JibJab)
Topics: Podcast, Dead Sea Scrolls, Gin & Tonic, Trivia, Dead Sea Scrolls, Gin & Tonic
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What’s the most expensive movie ever made? And how did ladies’ underwear lead to the first hot air balloon? Hear answers to these and other questions on Random Facts Trivia on the Off Ramp with Bob and Marcia Smith. (Photo: JibJab)
Topics: Hot air baloon, Movies, ladies' underwear, Trivia, Podcast
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Why did the U.S. Government once tell a Hollywood star to change her hair style? And where does your fat go when you exercise? Hear answers to those and other Infectious Trivia questions on the Off Ramp with Bob and Marcia Smith. 
Topics: U.S. Government, Hollywood, Hair style, Exercise, Fat
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What did the Catholic church invent in the 9th century, that Russian Communists were forced to use for more than 70 years? And if Americans could only eat one food - for the rest of their lives - what would it be? Enjoy a potpourri of trivia fun with Bob and Marcia Smith on the Off Ramp Podcast. (Photo: Jib Jab)
Topics: Trivia, Catholic, Russia, American diet
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What’s the one thing most people don’t know about the Guttenberg Bible? What’s the only letter in the alphabet that doesn’t appear in a U.S. state’s name. Hear Bob & Marcia laugh their masks off with trivia during week 11 of their COVID-19 quarantine.
Topics: Guttenberg Bible, Alphabet, U.S. States
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Why is the Poppy synonymous with Memorial Day? What car models have 1 million+ miles? And how did a measles epidemic give birth to telephone numbers? Hear "Trivia Unmasked," Bob & Marcia’s 10th week of Coronavirus trivia, on the Off Ramp.
Topics: Poppies, WWI, Automobiles, Famous Phrases
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It's our 9th week of Laughter-in-Place trivia. Join us and learn ... how an 1842 party led to surgery without pain, and the name of the movie CBS paid $35 million to air for the next 20 years. Its another Coronavirus Trivia show on the Off Ramp podcast.
Topics: Trivia, Surgery, Medicine, Movies
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What miracle drug of the 20 th century was a lab accident? And what future dictator asked for a tryout from a big-league U. S. baseball team? Listen to Stir Crazy Trivia with Bob & Marcia Smith on the Off Ramp.
Topics: Trivia, Penicillin, Lab Accident, Fidel Castro, Baseball, Stir Crazy
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Who was the 1st woman nominated by a major political party for U.S. President? And what’s STILL the world’s largest office building –- 80 years after it opened? Hear answers to those and other questions on another fun viral episode of the Off Ramp, with Bob and Marcia Smith.
Topics: President, Pentagon, Margaret Chase Smith, Viral, Trivia
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What was unusual about the last great Spanish explorer in North America? And how many brains – if any – does an Octopus have? Join Bob and Marcia Smith for their 6th week of Q&A fun with Coronavirus Trivia. On the Off Ramp.
Topics: Spain, Exploration, Octopus, Coronavirus, Trivia
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During WWII, what did the United States government remove from luxury department stores and place in defense plants? And how many pickles does the average American consume every year? Join Bob and Marcia Smith for their 5th week of Shelter-in-Place Trivia. On the Off Ramp.
Topics: WWII, Air Conditioning, Pickles, Trivia, Coronavirus, COVID-19
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What famous writer fought on BOTH sides of the Civil War? How much perspiration does the average person generate in 24-hours (Hint: it’s measured in pints!). Join Bob and Marcia Smith for another half hour of fun Q&A with Lockdown Trivia. On the Off Ramp.
Topics: Civil War, Authors, Perspiration, Lockdown, Coronavirus
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It’s our third week of Shut-in Trivia: Where did Hawaiian Pizza originate? (You’ll be surprised!) And what was the original meaning of a White Elephant gift? Hear answers to those and other questions as Bob and Marcia Smith “Question in Place” on The Off Ramp.
Topics: Shut-In, Hawaian Pizza, White Elephant, Trivia
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Another half-hour of fun Q&A: What great thinkers did some of their best work during a quarantine? And who came up with that word anyway? Hear answers to those and other questions as Bob and Marcia "Age in Place," on The Off Ramp
Topics: Quarantine, Trivia, History, Isaac Newton, Shakespeare
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As the nation self-isolates for the Coronavirus, Bob and Marcia have hunkered down with library books. Join them as they clown around with Book Trivia on The Off Ramp.
Topics: Author Trivia, Coronavirus, Books, Trivia, Authors, Literary Trivia, Book Trivia
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For Hank Williams Jr., being the namesake of the greatest legend in country music was a gradual torment that drove him to depression, the bottle, and attempted suicide. Learn how he overcame his demons to become a legend himself. On the Off Ramp with Bob Smith.
Topics: Hank Williams Jr., Country Music, Outlaw Music
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In the Roaring 20s, Jazz was king. But the King was a Duke - Duke Ellington that is. Hear bandleader Mercer Ellington discuss his father’s contributions to American music on the Off Ramp with Bob Smith.
Topics: Duke Ellington, Jazz, Mercer Ellington, Harlam
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In 55 years of music making, they helped transform folk rock into country rock, shined a light on Country Music’s pioneers, and launched the movement we know today as Roots Music. Hear veteran musicians Jimmy Fadden and John McKuen tell the Nitty Gritty story.
Topics: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Dirt Band, Roots Music, Americana, Jimmy Fadden, John McKuen
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It’s been a long and winding road -- from high school bands to Carnegie Hall. Today Bob Potter tours the nation as Ringo Star in one of the world’s top Beatles Tribute bands. Hear about his very unusual job with 1964 The Tribute. On the Off Ramp with Bob Smith.
Topics: 1964 The Tribute, The Beatles, Bob Potter, Beatle Tribute Bands
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The best history books reveal things you never knew about your country. This one certainly does! Candacy Taylor discusses her eye-opening, deeply touching, book Overground Railroad, The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel, with host Bob Smith.
Topics: The Green Book, Overground Railroad, Candacy Taylor
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His sentimental hit, Honey, defined him - for good or ill. But did you know Bobby Goldsboro played guitar with Roy Orbison, toured with The Beatles before they were famous, and opened shows for the Rolling Stones? Learn about the rock and roll veteran who became a soft rock favorite.
Topics: Bobby Goldsboro, Rock and Roll
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He was one of the more original rockers of the early 1960s. He was a singer-songwriter who wrote or co-wrote most of his music, including Runaway. Among his fans were The Beatles, Bob Seeger and Jeff Lynne. He was born Charles Weedon Westover. But music fans knew him as Del Shannon.
Topics: Del Shannon, Rock and Roll, Runaway
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They’re gone, but their voices live on. Hear eyewitness accounts from Pearl Harbor survivors I interviewed in 1981, for the 40th anniversary of the attack.
Topics: Pearl Harbor, Day of Infamy, WWII, USS Aizona
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It’s the most famous phone call you never heard. Two hours after President Kennedy is killed, a small-town broadcaster scoops the news world in a historic interview with Dallas Police. Hear reporter Don Michel's amazing call, plus additional audio from Dave Eliason. November 22, 1963.
Topics: John F. Kennedy, JFK, Kennedy Assassination, Don Michel, Dallas Police, Lee Harvey Oswald
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"We must simply be reporters of what is going on. And then let the people decide what is right and what is wrong." Hear what journalism can -- and should -- be, in a remarkable interview with the late Walter Cronkite, dean of television news. From the archives of broadcaster Don Michel.
Topics: Walter Cronkite, Network news, Don Michel
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Rare recordings from one of the first rock and roll radio shows in broadcast history, pioneer disk jockey Alan Freed's Rock & Roll Dance Party. Featuring live performances by Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, The Platters and Bill Haley and The Comets.
Topics: Alan Freed, Moondog, Rock and Roll Dance Party
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She was a liberated woman ahead of her time. And she had it all: A marriage, a family and a career that made her a millionaire by the age of 30. Learn how the Coal Miner's Daughter became the queen of country music.
Topics: Loretta Lynn, Coal Miner's Daughter, Coal Miner's Daughter, Country Music, Country Music Hall of...
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The second segment of our Merle Haggard musical profile, featuring interviews with Haggard, mentor Louis Talley, and singer Leona Williams. Recorded backstage and on the performer's bus during his 1982 tour.
Topics: Merle Haggard, Country Music, Country Music Hall of Fame
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A musical profile of country legend Merle Haggard, featuring interviews with Haggard, mentor Louis Talley, and singer Leona Williams, the star's wife. Recorded backstage and on the performer's tour bus. Haggard was at the height of his career, reportedly earning over $30 Million on this tour.
Topics: Merle Haggard, Country Music, Country Music Hall of Fame
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He lost a leg in Iraq. But went on to climb mountains, run marathons, play football with NFL greats -- and be painted by a former U.S. President. Today BJ Ganem uses his celebrity to help fellow wounded warriors with Sierra Delta Service Dogs. Thanks to Kent Jackman for our interview.
Topics: BJ Ganem, US Marines, Iraq War, Delta Service Dogs
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In nine short years, Harry Chapin released 11 albums, 14 singles and raised millions for social causes. By 1981, the singer-songwriter was one of America’s top touring acts – with more than half his dates being benefit performances. We spoke three months before his untimely death at age 39.
Topics: Harry Chapin, singer-songwriter, Taxi, Cats in the Cradle.
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What did everyday people think of the Apollo 11 moon landing a half century ago? What did media coverage sound like – as it happened? Using audio recordings he made as a teenager, Bob Smith takes you on a sonic journey back to July 20, 1969.
Topics: Apollo 11, NASA, Space Race, Neil Armstrong, First Men on the Moon
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Name this President: He was smart, athletic, a WWII vet, signed the first Civil Rights Act since the Civil War, sent troops South to desegregate schools, and launched NASA on its mission to the moon. No, it wasn’t JFK.
Topics: Dwight Eisenhower, President, WWII, Army General, Interstate Highway System
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He used me as his comic punching bag. She quoted Shakespeare! Hear two of the most interesting characters I ever met - actors Tony Randall and Helen Hayes on this episode of “The Off Ramp.”
Topics: Tony Randall, The Odd Couple TV series, Helen Hayes
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Interview with Rob Grill, a founding member of the famed LA  rock and roll band, whose songs include In My Midnight Confessions, Temptation Eyes and other top 40 hits of the 1960s.
Topics: The Grass Roots, Rock Music, Rob Grill
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It was 1968 and we were just teenagers - two kids with a tape recorder - when a future U.S. President helped us crash his airport press conference. Join my friend Libby Gosnell Brockman and me as we recall Meeting Richard Nixon.
Topics: Richard Nixon, Touch of Brass, 1969 Presidental Campaign
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Bob continues to explore gems from the new Beatles boxed set series – tracks mined from the rich archives at Abbey Road studios. Hear song demos, session outtakes, alternate arrangements and backing tracks for some of the group’s greatest songs.   The background components   for The Beatles   sonic masterpieces.
Topics: The Beatles, session outtakes, backing tracks, Abbey Road Studios
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Much of the appeal of The Beatles lay in the sounds behind their voices – the unique backing tracks and the lush orchestrations of producer George Martin. “The Beatles without words,” presents sounds the Beatles heard in their headphones while recording, -- gems from the new Beatles boxed sets. Enjoy a piano-only Lady Madonna, the fuzz guitars of Revolution, and an orchestra-only Eleanor Rigby.
Topics: The Beatles, Rock Music, George Martin, backing tracks
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To the world he was Wolfman Jack. To friends and family, he was just plain Bob Smith. Learn how a guy with a boring name became the world's most colorful DJ.
Topics: Wolfman Jack, Disk Jockey, DJ, Rock and Roll, Radio
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What was it like to audition for Broadway’s greatest team Rogers and Hammerstein -- at the age of 9? Hear the story of a little girl who modeled, acted on stage, worked on network radio, and performed on Broadway with teenager Marlon Brando -- before retiring at the age of 12. Enjoy the remarkable story of my friend Alex Lamoreaux -- on The Off Ramp.
Topics: Alex Lamoreaux, Rogers and Hammerstein, Marlon Brando, Broadway, Radio
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In 1980, George Burns became the oldest singer with a hit record on the national charts, the oldest actor to win an Oscar, and the oldest touring stand-up comedian. Hear Bob's phone call with Burns, excerpts from their face-to-face meeting, and George's wisdom on life.
Topics: George Burns, Burns & Allen, Stand-up, Television, Old Time Radio, Comedian
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The story of pop music's craziest band continues. With more hilarious hits by Spike Jones and the City Slickers. Plus great band stories from former singer-saxophonist Ed Metcalfe.
Topics: Spike Jones Orchestra, City Sickers, Novelty records.
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The Spike Jones Orchestra was the craziest music group ever! Taking apart pop songs -- and putting them back together with animal sounds, brake drums, gunshots and everything in between. Hear lead singer Ed Metcalfe describe the band's wacky stage shows as you sample its hilarious novelty records.
Topics: Spike Jones Orchestra, Novelty Records, Ed Metcalfe
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The story of a Cricket who retired. Nikki Sullivan recalls the birth of the Crickets and his time as a guitarist with Buddy Holly. Recorded at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake Iowa, where Holly gave his last performance 60 years ago, before dying in a tragic plane crash.
Topics: Buddy Holly, Nikki Sullivan, Surf Ball Room
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The story of Rock's pioneering singer songwriter, as told by whose lives he changed. Featuring John Goldrosen author of The Buddy Holly Story, preservationist Bill Griggs, plus musicians Bobby Vee, Bobby Goldsboro and Scott Turner. Includes a Holly radio interview from 1959.
Topics: Buddy Holly, John Goldrosen, Bill Griggs, Bobby Goldsboro, Bobby Vee, Scott Turner
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Music trivia and an interview with the great Victor Borge, described by the New York Times as, "the irrepressible musical humorist, pianist and conductor." A fun half hour.
Topics: Victor Borge, Musical humor, Classical Music
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A look back at Apollo 8, the first manned mission to orbit the moon. Featuring historic news recordings from Bob's private collection.
Topics: Apollo 8, NASA, Moon Mission, Space Race, NASA, Moon Mission, Frank Borman
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It's our Holiday Show! Wrap your presents with us and enjoy seasonal trivia, fun memories and some of the greatest Christmas Novelty songs ever recorded. With co-hosts Bob and Marcia Smith.
Topics: Holidays, Christmas, Christmas Novelty Songs, Christmas, Novelty songs
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We continue to explore political humor that was legitimately funny -- not snarky and mean. Enjoy Part 2 of our visit with impressionist Rich Little and comedy writer Earle Doud, producer of The First Family (JFK) and First Family Rides Again (Reagan) comedy albums. With cuts from those classic albums.
Topics: Presidential Humor, Rich Little, Earle Dowd, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Rich Little, Earle Dowd
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Once upon a time political humor was legitimately funny -- not snarky and mean. Enjoy our visit with impressionist Rich Little and comedy writer Earle Doud, producer of The First Family (JFK) and First Family Rides Again (Reagan) comedy albums. Great conversation with classic album cuts .
Topic: Presidential Humor, Rich Little, Earle Dowd, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan
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Trivia, fascinating facts and great conversation. Including an interview from the archives with Walt Disney animator Ward Kimball. Learn what it was like to work for the world's most famous movie studio, when it was a scrappy little start up.
Topics: Walt Disney, Animation, Ward Kimball, Walt Disney, Ward Kimball, Snow White, Jiminy Cricket